At an executive committee meeting Wednesday, Mayor Plante threatened to close all Montreal parks if residents don't respect social distancing rules.\nHer announcement comes after several people reported large crowds in public spaces.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nRestrictions could get even more severe. At Wednesday morning's executive committee meeting, Mayor Valérie Plante said that if people don't respect social distancing rules in Montreal parks, the city will have no choice but to close them. The announcement comes after numerous reported sightings of large gatherings and a lack of attention to the established preventative measures in public spaces.\nMayor Plante called on those citizens who are still not following the rules to put their "individual desires aside" and work towards the common good.\n"It's the 1st of April and in the next few days it'll be sunny and the weather will be good. I ask everyone to respect the rules and not invade the parks," said Mayor Plante.\n"Unfortunately, if the rules aren't followed we'll have to close the parks. The last thing we want is to have to close them."\nMontreal, considered the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak in Quebec, is just a few weeks from waking up to beautiful weather after a long, grey winter.\nWith nice weather comes the desire to go outdoors and while we aren't banned from taking walks around the neighbourhood, Montrealers should be aware that gathering in parks still could earn them a fine of between $1,000 and $6,000 from the SPVM.\nLast weekend, there were reports of large groups circulating through La Fontaine and Mont-Royal parks.\nCitizens noted a huge lack of respect for social distancing rules.\n#COVID19 : I would like to thank all of our partners from the health network, all responders from community organizations, volunteers from @CroixRouge_Qc and public safety and @MTL_Ville employees, who spare no effort in helping the most vulnerable members of our society. #polmtl— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) March 31, 2020\n"We avoid all public spaces," reiterated the Mayor. "We have to avoid crowds, keep two metres away from people, and wash our hands every time we go out."\nREAD ALSO: Police Are Setting Up Checkpoints In 4 More Quebec Regions To Limit Travel\nThough many are reporting empty streets that are making our city look like a ghost town, expect there to be more people walking around as the weather gets nicer.\nGreat thread. I live beside parc la Fontaine and still see many people running in groups, congregating etc. Walking up Mont Royal (for groceries) and it's a similar site - people out walking etc . Fear tougher measures may be the only hope— Cbain (@Cbain4) March 28, 2020\nMany of us, already a couple of weeks into our social distancing routines, are feeling a little stir crazy and are ready to leave the house and enjoy the sun.\nBut authorities stress that residents must respect public health recommendations at all times.\n#COVID19 - Au Québec, en date du 31 mars 2020 à 13h, la situation est la suivante :➡️4 162 cas confirmés➡️31 décès➡️5 601 personnes sous investigation➡️63 378 analyses négatives (cas infirmés)— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) March 31, 2020\nStay tuned for more news.